Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence

This report sets out to review the evidence base on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition and other surveillance

Abstract

This report sets out to critically review the evidence base on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition (and other) surveillance. By doing so, the report can offer a starting point for international donors, local practitioners and others who consider the application of mobile phones to facilitate surveillance. The evidence review also aims to identify gaps in the current knowledge base and to highlight areas where future research and analysis are necessary.

The review will begin by critically examining the extent and quality of existing evidence on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition surveillance and surveillance in related sectors.

Drawing on the identified evidence base, the review will then assess:

  1. whether mobile phones have the potential to improve the effectiveness of surveillance with regards to timeliness, costs, data quality, data analysis and visualisation; and,

  2. whether the use of mobile phones can influence/strengthen the empowering effect of nutrition (and other) surveillance.

  3. summary of evidence on challenges

  4. summary of evidence enabling factors for a successful implementation of mobile phone-based surveillance systems.

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This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Transform Nutrition Programme which is led by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Citation

Barnett, I.; Gallegos, J.V. Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (2013) 32 pp. [IDS Evidence Report No. 1]

Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence

Published 1 March 2013